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Working Class Politics And Crowd Action Essay

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This essay will begin by discussing working-class politics. In this part of the essay will analyse British Chartism and child labour regulation. This part of the essay will conclude by analysing of the February Revolution in France. Later, this essay will discuss crowd action in England and France. This part will cover the 1848 uprising in France and Merthyr Tydfil uprising in (year). Finally, this essay will cover food riots in both England and France in (year). It is the intention of this essay to argue nineteenth-century political ideology had an important impact in working-class politics and crowd action.
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The working-class in Britain believed the bourgeoisie had too much political influence. This opinion is expressed in The first national Chartist petition. Although this document was written by radical revolutionaries whom had obvious working-class sympathises, it give us a good indication of the working-class opinion of parliament. As this document tell us: ‘the few have governed for the interests of the few, while the interest of the many has been neglected’ (…). This feeling contributing to Chartist demand for universal male suffrage. As many of the working-class were still disfranchised, there was major disappointment with failure of the Reform Act; this resulted in many of the working-class feeling there was a large power imbalance in parliament. In addition, there is documentary evidence in both Britain and France that working-class felt they had no voice to express they distress about the bad working-conditions they were experiencing to their respective governments. As the French working-class Journal L’Artisan mentions: ‘without such a tribute where they can expose their grievances and their complaints, how can workers make the government understand?’ (…). So, this push for the greater voting rights was probably perceived by the working-class as way of influencing the decisions of politicians in regards to policies and, ultimately, bringing about improvements in their working conditions. The political demands of working-class movements, such as Chartism, and revolutionaries were aiming to bring about a more inclusive political system in the form of votes and representation. Therefore, this working-class push for a greater political voice could be seen as an attempt to weaken the political power of the bourgeoisie.
There is also a link between child labour regulation campaign and ideology articulated in the The Communist Manifesto. By the 1840s many campaigners believed the labour of children needed to be regulated. There two main reasons for campaigning about child labour: long working hours and dangerous the dangerous work children had to carry out in the workplace. In Richard Oastler’s letter to the Leeds Mercury in 1830 does express the opinion children were exploited in the factories; in this letter he tell us how children laboured ‘from morning to night for one who cares not how soon your weak and tender frames are stretched to breaking!’ (…). Despite not being a supporting of universal suffrage, he was a supporter of workplace regulation in regards to child labour he does seem to have sympathises with working-class and indeed Karl Marx’s views of capitalism. As Marx points out in The Communist Manifesto he saw free trade as ‘shameless, direct, brutal exploitation’ (…).In addition, this campaign brought about start of ‘the regularly state’ (…). It could be argued this campaign was the start of government giving more attention to the well-being to working-class workers. Without doubt, this campaign must have been seen as progress...

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